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This makes me want to get back to the piano. Yours may be the first orchestration with brass. I think you found the right instruments. This is probably the slowest tempo I have heard. It should be a light dance, not a dirge. What was Ravel's comment about his Pavane for a Dead Princess being played too slow? Something like, the princess was supposed to be dead not the pavane. Anyway, for me Ravel strikes the rightt balance between dissonance and harmony, and this piece is a perfect example.
It is interesting, I'm having trouble hearing it, would you consider doing a midi version? At some point a quality audio library version can be better than a live recording, live recordings face a host of problems with clarity etc. Many of us don't have access to live recording anyway.
I listened again with headphones and I was able to hear the parts correctly I believe. I enjoyed the contrast between your version and Ravel's, the lighter and quicker sound of the woodwinds is more appealing you would probably agree, but it is an interesting exercise so thank you for posting.
Going from a live rendition to a midi version of a traditional piece is problematic as you say, not much point in doing that I suppose, and yet people do, with varying degrees of success. The issue of DAW vs score composition has been debated at length recently on this forum as you may have noticed.
Thanks Ingo! For this piece, the main problem with going to a midi version is simply that Sibelius midi doesn't put in all the effects that I've notated, as I've notated. For instance, it doesn't do glissandos convincingly, or artificial harmonics properly. The balance is off too, and I used specific ranges that work in certain ways in instruments, that wouldn't necessarily be conveyed properly in midi. Plus I don't have the libraries and software to work things out properly so that the computer rendering would actually sound good
I don't have an issue with people DAWs, but for me, I don't have the software and sound libraries needed. Plus, this would mean investing a lot of time and money in creating a computer recording for something that was going to be played live anyway.
Glad you enjoyed the orchestration though!